hate crimes

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Hate Crimes Spring 2013
This study guide is offered as a starting point for your studies. It is not exhaustive. All topics covered in class lectures, readings and films may appear on the exam.

The Hows and Whys of Hate Crime Laws

What is a hate crime?
A crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice

How many hate crimes were recorded by the FBI in its most recent hate crime report?

According to the Petrosinos article and our text, were there hate crimes before hate crime laws? Give examples and discuss.

What is a lynching? How many lynchings are estimated to have taken place in our country? What are some reasons that people were lynched? (www.withoutsanctuary.org)
Killing people in mob form.
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Also they might not want people to know that they are in the LGBT community.

Why might the police fail to report or label a hate crime? Disucss.
Police might not report or label a hate crime because they do not want to bring negative media to their town. The town where Matthew Sheppard was murdered is now known for that reason.

What challenges are there to the prosecution of hate crime?
Proving motive may be easy but proving intent is very hard unless there is specific evidence proving it was a hate crime.

What are some of the potentially paradoxical impacts of hate crime?
The laws can increase prejudice. The offender could dislike the group he assaulted because if it wasn’t for them none of it would have happened. Also it might make people feel that certain groups are getting special treatment.

Hate Crime Targets

What happened to James Byrd in Jasper, Texas?
He was stopped by three men, two of which were white supremacists in a pickup truck who tied him to the truck with rope and dragged him down the road. He died after hitting his head on an edge.

What is anti-Semitism?
Prejudice against or hatred of Jews

According to Jeffrey Salkin, Regional Director of the ADL, what historical events influence modern stereotypes about Jewish people?

What are the definitions of the terms?
Gay - A homosexual person usually used to describe men but may be used to


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